Let’s save Cacaolat!

We’ve just happened upon an issue of the 1/15 magazine. And there we found loads of interesting articles: like a report on Cacaolat. And because we immediately started browsing, we want to share this rediscovery with others. Here, however, there’s space for only a brief summary; there’s more about the subject on the magazine article.

Catalonia – a land with a history and culture all its own. And the region surrounding its capital of Barcelona had almost been impoverished by losing one of its distinctive specialities … but only almost, because there was a last-minute rescue! We’re talking about the tradition-steeped Cacaolat brand, which in the region is well-nigh synonymous with cocoa milk.

“Salvem el Cacaolat!” The Catalan government’s urgent call for help “Let’s save Cacaolat!” was heard throughout the province and its capital Barcelona in 2011. And two companies, the Damm brewery and the soft-drinks producer Cobega, came to the rescue, entering into a joint venture so as to take under their wings the tradition-steeped Catalan Cacaolat brand, that’s become synonymous with cocoa milk in the region. Since 2013, the Grupo Cacaolat S.L., meanwhile newly founded, has had its production operation up and running in buildings that used to be a Damm brewery and were modified for their new intended purpose. The buildings were refurbished, and entirely new process-engineering and filling kit was installed. And the Cacaolat Group put its trust in Krones.

Here, Krones installed a glass line for returnables and non-returnables filling milk and milk-based mixed drinks, plus a PET-Asept-D dry-aseptic line for the same products in PET bottles.

The heart of the PET line is the PET-Aseptic monobloc, featuring hydrogen peroxide decontamination: in the Contiform C 310 blow-moulding machine, the preforms are cleaned, inspected using PET-View, and then blow-moulded. The bottle are swiftly and dependably decontaminated inside and out with gaseous hydrogen peroxide. The monobloc-synchronised aseptic filler, a Modulfill Asept VFJ model, accurately determines the fill quantity using an inductive flow meter. Since it fills the bottle in non-contact mode, it offers a high level of microbiological safety.

For end-of-the-line packaging, the Cacaolat Group has installed three packers next to each other and the handles are fitted using a Variostick machine.

Besides the PET line, the Cacaolat Group also installed a glass line for returnables and non-returnables, rated at 10,000 bottles an hour with reference to one-litre bottles. The bulk glass bottles are passed on roofed-over conveyors, through the Linatronic empty-bottle inspector, directly to the rinser/filler/closer monobloc.

Freshly filled and packed, they are sent out to the market, and they’re selling really well!

For everyone who’s starting to get curious, it’s worth clicking here.

And so that you don’t miss any articles in the future, you can subscribe here quite easily.